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Govt criminalises deliberate HIV, STIs transmission

THE Government has listed HIV/AIDS as one of the sexually-transmitted infections (STIs), whose deliberate transmission to another partner will now be punishable under law.

The Criminal Laws Amendment (Protection of Children and Young Persons) currently before Parliament has a clause that includes HIV/AIDS as one of the STIs, whose wilful transmission can be charged as a criminal offence.

Other STIs that are punishable include syphilis, gonorrhoea and herpes, among others.

Another objective of the Criminal Laws (Protection of Children and Young Persons) Amendment Bill is to raise the age of sexual consent from 16 to 18.

Clause Eight of the Bill stipulates that a law that decriminalises deliberate HIV/AIDS transmission still stood after the Marriages Act repealed Section 79 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act that sought to impose heavy and long-term jail sentence on those convicted of wilful transmission of HIV/AIDS.

“Deliberately infecting persons with sexually-transmitted diseases was originally dealt with in two sections of the Criminal Law Code. Section 78 makes it a crime for anyone to deliberately infect another person with a sexually-transmitted disease other than HIV; section 79 made the same provision for those who infected others with HIV, but provided for a much heavier sentence to be imposed. Section 79 was repealed by the Marriages Act in 2022, which means that it is no longer a crime to infect other persons with HIV (because section 78 specifically excludes HIV),” reads Clause Eight of the Bill.

“This section will amend section 78 of the Code to include HIV among the sexually transmitted diseases covered by the section.”

In 2022, the Government decriminalised wilful transmission of HIV to a partner through the Marriages Act when it repealed a legal provision that made it an offence, as the Second Republic sought to move with international trends.

The repealed section provided for 20 years in prison for anyone convicted of deliberate transmission of HIV/AIDS, whilst Section 78 of the Criminal Code, which now includes HIV/AIDS as an STI, provides for a fine equal to Level 14 or five years in prison or both.

Section 78 of the Criminal Code (Codification and Reform Act reads as follows: “(2) Any person who (a) knowing that he or she is suffering from a sexually-transmitted disease; or (b) realising that there is a real risk or possibility that he or she is suffering from a sexually-transmitted disease; intentionally infects any other person with the disease, or does anything or causes or permits anything to be done with the intention or realising that there is a real risk or possibility of infecting any other person with the disease, shall be guilty of deliberately infecting that other person with a sexually-transmitted disease and liable to a fine up to or exceeding level fourteen or imprisonment for a period not exceeding five years or both.”

Recently, President Mnangagwa invoked his powers under the Presidential Powers (Temporary Measures) Act to gazette Statutory Instrument 2 of 2024, in compliance with a Constitutional Court ruling that had declared a section of the law that sets sexual consent age at 16 as unconstitutional.

The Statutory Instrument invoked by the President raised the age of consent to sexual relations to 18, consistent with the Constitution which sets the minimum marriage age at 18 and defines all young people as below the age of 18, while the original law defined them as below the age of 16, so protection was withdrawn from 17 and 18-year-olds.

The Presidential Powers have a lifespan of just six months during which Parliament has to pass a substantive law if the desire is to make the measure permanent.

@ The Herald 

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TikTok Notes starts rolling out as a new rival to Instagram – The Verge


The photo-sharing app from TikTok is rolling out on iOS and Android for limited testing in a couple of countries.

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TikTok has started rolling out its Instagram rival, TikTok Notes, to select Android and iOS users “for download and limited testing in Australia and Canada.” A tweet announcing the launch, as well as the App Store and Google Play listings, showed off some official images of the app that offer insights about how it works for those of us who don’t have access yet.

In them, we see that you can write up headlines for images above your captions, which is a feature Instagram doesn’t natively offer.

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The homepage also seems to be divided into two sections, with a separate page where you can view posts from people you follow and another “For You” page. It’s organized a bit like Pinterest’s homepage but with a smaller, two-column grid. It’s not clear whose posts are highlighted here, but it’s likely accounts similar to the ones you follow TikTok thinks you might like.

Besides these small tweaks, though, the app is very similar to Instagram, which is a change from the usual. For years, Meta’s been the one copying other social media platforms like TikTok with Reels and Snapchat with Stories. With TikTok Notes, though, TikTok looks like it’s copying back.

TikTok announced the new photo-sharing app earlier this month via a notification sent to users. At the time, it didn’t provide many details about the app beyond calling it TikTok Notes and suggested TikTok would populate it with users’ existing and future public TikTok photo posts unless they opt out.

It’s uncertain when TikTok will roll the app out to the US and elsewhere.

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Future & Metro Boomin Transform a Historic Theater Into a Hypnotic Club in ‘Drink N Dance’ Video – Billboard

Future and Metro Boomin enjoy a wild night out in their “Drink N Dance” music video, which dropped on Wednesday (April 17).

Directed by Loris Russier, the video features the dynamic duo taking over the famous Los Angeles Theatre, with its marquee spelling out the song’s title. But there’s a much different show than one would expect playing inside, as the historic building is transformed into a club with girls dancing everywhere, some of whom are posted up on the pole and one of whom is perched on top of Future.

“Drink N Dance” comes from their latest collaborative album We Still Don’t Trust You, which was released on April 12 via Freebandz/Epic Records/Boominati Worldwide/Republic Records and includes features from The Weeknd, A$AP Rocky, Lil Baby, J. Cole and more.

Cole’s shocking appearance on the album arrived less than a week after he publicly apologized to Kendrick Lamar for dissing him on “7 Minute Drill,” which he removed from streaming services last Friday. (The track still debuted at No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week, while its aptly titled parent project Might Delete Later debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200.) “7 Minute Drill” served as a response to Dot’s diss toward him and Drake on the three-week Hot 100 No. 1 “Like That” from Future and Metro’s We Don’t Trust You, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 following its release on March 22.

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Future and Metro will embark on the We Trust You Tour this summer. Tickets are already available for Cash App Card customers starting today, and the general on-sale begins Friday, April 19 on the Live Nation website at 10 a.m. local time.

Watch their “Drink N Dance” music video below.

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Don’t blame MKBHD for the fate of Humane AI and Fisker – TechCrunch

Humane AI raised more than $230 million before it even shipped a product. And when it finally released its Ai Pin – which costs $699 plus a $24 monthly subscription – pretty much every tech reviewer came to the same disappointing realization: this much-hyped product, which promises to disrupt the smartphone’s dominance, is not very good.

Yet some onlookers are declaring that Marques Brownlee, the hugely popular YouTuber known as MKBHD, will be single-handedly responsible if the company eventually fails. Soon after Humane AI dropped its long-awaited product, the conversation evolved away from the product itself and instead toward how Brownlee spoke about it in his own review.

Brownlee’s video title is admittedly a bit clicky: “The Worst Product I’ve Ever Reviewed… For Now.” But when you watch the actual video, the title delivers on its promise.

“It was really hard to come up with a title for this video,” Brownlee says in the review, which currently has over 5 million views. “But I will say, at one point, my working title for this was, ‘This product is either the dumbest thing ever, or I’m an idiot.’”

Brownlee is unusually influential, with over 18 million YouTube subscribers, but his critiques are on par with other reviewers’ commentary: the pin has bad battery life. It is difficult to wear. It makes mistakes too often to be reliable. Its laser projection screen is completely ineffective outdoors. And it’s simply not worth the same sticker price as an Android phone.

Still, the review kicked off a maelstrom on social media.

“I find it distasteful, almost unethical, to say this when you have 18 million subscribers,” former AWS engineer Daniel Vassallo wrote on X on Sunday. “Hard to explain why, but with great reach comes great responsibility. Potentially killing someone else’s nascent project reeks of carelessness. First, do no harm.”

Another tech content creator, Alex Finn, wrote on X: “MKBHD bankrupted a company in 41 seconds,” referring to the opening of his video. Finn later added, “If this video never came out, they would have sold so many more.”

As the conversation picked up steam, MKBHD tweeted back to Vassallo, saying, “We disagree on what my job is.”

When reached for comment, Vassallo said, “Many people thought I was defending Humane or its product. I wasn’t. My observation was about MKBHD’s scale of influence and how that power deserves more rigor than the sensational headline on YouTube: ‘The Worst Product I’ve Ever Reviewed.’ The power to crush a company shouldn’t be taken lightly, and that headline is what most people will see. The actual review was fair and balanced.”

An underdog worth $800 million

Critics of MKBHD’s video are operating as though Humane AI is an underdog in the space. But this isn’t a green, early-stage startup trying its hand at building new hardware. This is a company that raised a Series C round and attracted investors like Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff, OpenAI CEO Sam Altman, and various top venture capital firms before consumers even got their hands on the product.

“Call me cynical, but I’m wary of startups with huge war chests of capital but no commercialized product to speak of,” TechCrunch reporter Kyle Wiggers wrote after last year’s Series C raise.

When asked for comment, MKBHD directed TechCrunch to his newer YouTube response to the situation.

“All that any honest review actually does is just accelerate whatever was already going on,” he says in the video.

Less than a day after posting it, the follow-up video has over 2 million views.

This isn’t an isolated incident for MKBHD. The YouTuber was also accused of inciting the downfall of EV startup Fisker after he negatively reviewed the Fisker Ocean car in a similarly titled video last month: “This is the Worst Car I’ve Ever Reviewed.”

After Brownlee posted his review, Fisker laid off 15% of its staff and stopped production. But Fisker was already in free fall before Brownlee said that the Fisker Ocean was the worst car he’d ever reviewed. Indeed, at the time, it revealed in a regulatory filing spied by TechCrunch that it had just $121 million left in the bank.

More, in the month preceding the MKBHD review, federal safety regulators began investigating the Fisker Ocean for complaints about the brakes not working well. TechCrunch separately learned that Ocean drivers had been complaining to Fisker about poor brake performance, faulty key fobs and sudden power loss for months. One customer wrote to Fisker that they feared for their life when their car suddenly lost power while driving on the 405 freeway in Los Angeles.

So is Fisker failing because it put out a dangerously poor product, or is it because a very popular YouTuber said that the car is bad?

Thankfully, Humane AI’s subpar pin won’t put anyone in mortal danger. But these parallel incidents display the same misplaced rage at Brownlee over his honest critique of troublesome products.

An uncomfortable yet familiar critique

Some Black techies viewed the critique of MKBHD through a different lens.

The Humane AI pin was widely panned across the tech review board, but the only person receiving outsized and long-lasting criticism for his review is MKBHD, a Black man.

There were also some familiar tropes in how he was being criticized: continuous hammering on how he presented the review mimics tone policing, a technique used commonly to dismiss especially what Black people say, just because a person doesn’t like the way it was said.

“If Brownlee were anything other than Black, this would be ‘an honest review that shines a light on the AI bubble,’” one Black founder told TechCrunch. “Instead, he’s ‘harsh,’ and ‘it’s not fair that he can bankrupt such a well-funded company. He should be more graceful in his critique.’ In a world full of shams and frauds, Marques should do exactly what he thinks is right. And he did.”

The tone of the review’s headline also depends on how you see it — MKBHD did include “for now” in the title, allowing the possibility that Humane AI could eventually improve what every reviewer now agrees is a flawed product.

It is also notable that the tech community reserved particular criticism for a Black man exercising power through his reviews, and not the other white male tech podcasts, voices, and online reviewers who always share their voices and are praised for their remarks and criticisms of products. It felt as if some expected MKBHD to be held to a higher standard in a way that isn’t usually vocalized against prominent white tech influencers.

“Tech has issues with bias against Black people, tech has issues with the media being a critic, not a cheerleader, so of course, tech has issues with a Black tech media take that is critical of fanboy topics like AI and IoT,” a Black investor told TechCrunch. “That doesn’t make his review less valid or the crying less thin-skinned, but it does make me question how anyone can watch this playout without noticing all the dog whistles.”

But it’s notable in itself – both for Brownlee and the creator economy at large – that a YouTuber can conceivably have such a big impact.

In an interview with Colin and Samir, Brownlee reflects on a past era of media when tech reviewers at the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times were some of the only voices that people went to for opinions on new tech. But now, anyone on the internet can have a say, regardless of their institutional affiliation.

“When a YouTube video of mine goes up on a product, there are very frequently hundreds others going up on the same product around the same time,” he said. “There are so many more voices now.”

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